NBC News – House Passes Most Significant Mental Health Reform Bill in Decades
Last week, the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed one of the most significant bills targeting mental health reform since 1963, but mental health advocates say this notable victory is only the tip of the iceberg. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act that passed in the House 422-2 on July 6 will help to address holes in the US’ mental health system by providing more hospital beds for people dealing with a mental illness who will need short-term hospitalization. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), will also require that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) establish an interagency committee to create evidence-based findings into systems of care. HIPPA provisions may also be reinterpreted in the bill to further permit parents access to their seriously mentally ill child’s medical information and treatment plan when their child is 18 years or older.

BBC News – Fracking linked to asthma flare-ups
The controversial method for mining natural gas known as fracking might trigger asthma flare-ups, according to a US study. Pennsylvania doctors found patients’ asthma was harder to control if they lived near a fracking site, compared with other asthma patients. The findings, in more than 25,000 patients, are not proof of a causal effect. The authors say in the journal JAMA that more safety studies are needed.

Science World Report – New Study Claim 9 Out Of 10 Strokes Can Be Prevented
Stroke has been one of the many diseases known to be the leading cause death. A new study has revealed that 10 stroke risk factors have been identified around the world this year that account for 9 of 10 stroke cases, though they happen in different circumstances. Researchers also emphasized that treating hypertension could cut risk of stroke by half. According to Nature World News, experts stressed that stroke is one of the leading cause of death and disability, particularly in low-income and middle-income groups. However, researchers from the McMaster University have found that 9 out of 10 stroke cases can be avoided if people are aware of the risks.

USA Today – Study: African-American men below poverty line at highest risk for mortality
African-American men who live below the poverty line had the lowest overall survival of any group, according to new research that looks at the effects of sex, race and socioeconomic status. The study, which sampled both white and black men and women, found that African-American men below poverty levels had almost a 2.7 times higher risk of mortality than African-American men above poverty levels. The research was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.